Summary: I shoot both stills and HD video and didn't have megabucks to spend on a pro-level fluid head, so this head suits both my product needs and my wallet. The action of this head is surprisingly smooth for its cost, and does what I need done. I'm quite pleased with it!
Summary: I purchased this Video Head to use with a Trek-Tech Monopod and I gotta say this thing is smooth. I went out on a very windy day (15 m.p.h) to record some test footage with a Canon digi-cam & a pocket video cam. The Monopod's top tube was visibly swaying but despite that, all my video footage from both cameras came out blur free (the pocket video cam has no image stabilization). No doubt, a testimony to this Fluid Head.
Summary: This tripod is small, fits in the suitcase, durable, light and handles heavy load. I can use this with prosumer HDV cameras such as Canon XH A1. You can carry this all day long without feeling tired of it. This is a great tripod for prosumer HDV camcorder users as well as small camcorder users.
Summary: For doing amateur/low budget video, this is the best tripod for the job. The head is smooth for pans and tilts and the tripod is sturdy. The only downside is that you have to take off the handle in order to make the tripod fit into a bag. (You could also just lock the head in a tilted-up position but I believe it is better to be in it's natural position.) I recommend this tripod.
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Summary: My wife has been after me to get here an easy to use tripod head for her digital camera. She wanted it to be simple to use and pan like our video camera heads; however, she wanted it to be smaller, lighter and less expensive. Well, I found her the perfect thing. This lightweight head is so easy to use, and the price is sooooo right! Works great with her setup...
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Horizontal Vertical, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Summary: If you're on a budget and you need smooth gliding pans then this is a perfect video head. The only minor problem with it is coming to a stop after a faster pan. Make sure you tightening the screws when you stop so the camera doesn't float up or to the side.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion
Summary: It fits my needs doing high definition video with relatively lightweight (less than 3 lbs) equipment. It delivers smooth pans and holds position under normal circumstances. The spring head mechanism makes it difficult to use at extreme angles (mount center upside down helps or get creative with cable ties). If you're doing a lot of this sort of thing, spend more for a legit fluid head.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Summary: Used with a Canon HV20 + WD-H43 for amateur video. It's good enough for me! The good: - Cheaper and lighter than the Matthews M25 and Sanford&Davis FM18 - The bubble level is useful - Tube style aluminum legs, they're solid - Used with a rubberband, the head doesn't stick - Heavy enough to withstand a breeze The bad: - The baseplate for QR is long and gets in the way of the battery release - Center column will limit how long you can go.
Summary: I don't do a great amount of video work but I wanted a smooth panning head for soccer and other sports. This is not a small head but it is light and the fluid head action is extremely smooth. Most of the head is made out of plastic but feels durable enough that it should last a long time. I use this with my Bogen 3011B (with an adapter plate) and my Slik Sprint Pro for extreme portability.